|VFW Auxiliary Post #7028 welcomes first male member|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 26 February 2016 18:19|
VFW Auxiliary Post #7028 welcomed its first male member last Monday. Here, Tyler Davis, left, accepts his membership card from President Carol Thompson. (Courtesy Photo)
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
For over 100 years membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary has been limited to female members. That all changed last year at the organization’s annual convention.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary is the nation’s oldest veteran’s service organization auxiliary and for 116 years it was named the Ladies Auxiliary. However, at the 2015 National Convention delegates voted to pass bylaw amendments which transformed the association from the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
It was explained the change was made to “show equality for all veterans, their spouses and their families.”
Tyler Davis, a junior at Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools, became the first member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #7028 in Palisade last Monday, Feb. 15. Davis is the first male member of the local Auxiliary.
Davis is the son of Tim and DeAnn Davis of Palisade. His other activities include football, basketball, track and one-act play production.
The VFW Auxiliary has nearly 465,000 members nationwide with representatives from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign locations. Members are relatives of those who have served in overseas combat. The organization supports the VFW, serves veterans and their families, active-duty military and their families and works to spread patriotism nationwide.